Topaz gems have beauty and history. The beauty is
readily apparent and the history is interesting. This gem has, as they say,
stood the test of time. It is named in ancient texts, including the works of the
Roman naturalist, Pliny The Elder, who died in 79 AD. Although he called it chrusolithos, he described the
yellow variety of this gem. The term chrusolithos literally means
Topaz gems have beauty and history is an apt title
to this month's article. I receive questions about this lively gem and its use
as a birthstone. Some of the birthstone uncertainty can be attributed to the
various birthstone lists.
Basically, birthstones are a marketing device. The two primary
lists are the traditional, and the modern. Both lists are complicated by the
fact they also list alternatives. For instance, tanzanite, turquoise, blue
zircon, and blue topaz are all acceptable as the December birthstone...
depending on the birthstone list you consult. My personal favorite is blue
Yellow topaz is the traditional November birthstone. However,
citrine and imperial topaz are alternatives.
Imperial topaz is somewhat rare. Also known as precious topaz,
the most important mines are in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. At retail,
imperial topaz is rather pricey.
Topaz occurs in several natural colors, including yellow, orange, pink, red, purple(ish), blue, brown,
gray, and colorless. The gem is also amenable to treatments that produce a
variety of colors.
Colorless (or white) topaz is sometimes found in large
sizes with few imperfections. These crystals often get a color treatment and are
faceted to produce rather large gems. The pink gem below is almost twenty
carats. The red stone at the end of this article is twenty four carats.
White topaz is not always color treated. A faceted colorless
topaz gem is often employed in stud earrings, pendants. and other jewelry
pieces. These gems are often worn is on-stage "bling" by Las Vegas
Topaz gems have beauty and history... and they make gorgeous
jewelry at affordable prices. These gems have maintained their popularity
through the ages because they are lively and beautiful.. Hardness, durability,
availability, and other attributes combine to make this a great jewelry stone.
Top - Topaz crystal specimen
Next - Swiss blue topaz, cushion shape, 8.64 carats
Next - Imperial topaz, oval shape, 9.58 carats
Next - Hot pink topaz, trillion shape, 19.29 carats
Gem: Blue Topaz (or Garnet, Citrine,
Paraiba Topaz, Amethyst, Oro Verde)
Metal: 14 karat yellow gold
Number: 1 pair
Size: 7 mm
Price: $68.00 per pair (that is $20 off
the regular price)
For those who missed out on the April
special, I now have received several matched pairs from the cutter. The
April feature was a matched pair of 6 mm round, flawless and colorless (white) zircons,
the recognized natural substitute for diamonds. The price is only $32.00
The zircon offer will be available through
Christmas... unless they sell out earlier.
Gem Industry News
Ear Pendants Bring Record Price At Christie’s
A pair of emerald and diamond earrings set a new
record for the category (pairs of emerald ear pendants) at Christie’s Hong
Kong auction on November 29th.
The pair of 25.38 and 23.12 ct. cushion-shaped
Colombian emerald earrings sold for 4 million USD, or $83,000 per carat.
The season has arrived!
The Christmas sales season is upon us. This is where many jewelry dealers
make the most sales of the year. You should be working with your existing
customers and asking them to refer new customers to you.
When someone does send you a new customer... reward them!.
An ailing economy isn't a deal killer when you offer quality, service, and
low prices on beautiful jewelry and loose gems.